Al Khalifa steps up crackdown ahead of August 14 protest rally: Activist
The Al Khalifa regime has intensified the violation of Bahraini civil rights in the run-up to a planned major protest on the occasion of the country’s independence day from the British Rule, a political activist tells Press TV.
“The crackdown has certainly increased over the last few days in view of the planned uprising, which is expected on August 14th, which is the Independence Day,” said Qasim Omran in a Monday interview.
“The grip has tightened against social media, activists, bloggers, even lawyers. All kinds of activists have been targeted by the regime over the last few weeks,” he added.
The opposition is planning to hold a major protest on August 14. The Manama regime has warned that any protests would face the “force of the law.”
Omran reaffirmed the Bahraini nation’s determination to remain committed to their demands of their revolution which has continued since February 2011.
The Bahraini activist pointed to external plots seeking to create hurdle in the way democratic movements in Bahrain and noted, “We feel there is big support for the regime from the outside, from its allies and major international forces. This is, I think, the main reason why the regime is continuing to survive despite the internal pressure.”
On August 7, Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa banned protests in the capital, Manama, ahead of the August 14 celebration of the country’s independence from the United Kingdom.
Sources say regime agents have confiscated computers, cameras, phones and every other electronic item that bloggers use to cover the Bahraini people’s protests for the outside world.
The Bahraini uprising began in mid-February 2011.
The Al Khalifa regime promptly launched a brutal crackdown on the peaceful protests and called in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring states.
Scores of people have been killed in the crackdown, and the security forces have arrested hundreds, including doctors and nurses.
The protesters say they will continue demonstrations until their demand for the establishment of a democratically elected government is met.
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